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Posted: January 20, 2013 at 2:54 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Jan. 20, 1913 SHIRLEY — E.M. Merritt had a unique defense when tried before Mayor Hackett for “bootlegging” yesterday. He did not deny that he was engaged in selling a pint of “red dye” to a thirsty citizen when arrested by Marshal R. W. Quattlebaum Friday, but said that the thirsty citizen had just called him from bed and he was so sleepy that he did not realize what he was doing. There were three charges of “bootlegging” against Merritt and Mayor Hackett fined him $50 on each charge, but remitted one fine on condition that Merritt stay away from Shirley.

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Arkansas, Pages 16 on 01/20/2013